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Undergraduate Course: Arabic 2 (VS2) (IMES08039)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityPart-year visiting students only
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryArabic 2b for visiting students consolidates the students' knowledge of modern standard Arabic. It is an intermediate course in modern standard Arabic (MSA). The course will concentrate on the main linguistic skills i.e. reading, writing, speaking and listening. Specific attention will be given to the grammatical structures of Arabic.
Course description Arabic 2b for visiting students is an intermediate course in modern standard Arabic (MSA). This course is designed to lead on from Arabic 2a. It provides a further development of linguistic skills in the modern language. Grammatical structures and oral skills are further developed. Selected texts in Modern Standard Arabic are studied. The course is intended not only to lay the foundation of Honours work, but also to be a self-contained unit. Knowledge of basic grammatical structures will be revised and extended. The class follows a combination of the specially designed exercises and photocopied extracts from different books, websites, and blogs. Translation exercises are regularly given to students. The course is aimed to introducing the Arabic language, culture and civilization to students. The course will concentrate on the main linguistic skills i.e. reading, writing, speaking and listening. Specific attention will be given to the grammatical structure of Arabic.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesIf you are a visiting student you must pass a placement test, students will be invited to join Arabic 2 Sem2 if they reach 50%. This test will take place at the beginning of January 2018 (Friday 12 January at 10am). Please contact the IMES office ( 1/24, 19 George Square) by email to make arrangement -
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Part-year visiting students only (VV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 40, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 10, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 4, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Revision Session Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 134 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework : 20% -
End of term Time-Limited Assignment/ December Written Exam: 60% + oral 20%
Feedback For the mid-term test, students will be given the chance to review their answer sheets/marks and the course organiser will go through all the questions with students in class. For the oral exams, detailed feedback will be provided upon request.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Listening: Students will be able to understand straightforward information about everyday related topics, follow clear speech directed at them, and follow some TV programmes on topics of personal interest.
  2. Reading: Students will be able to understand the main points in straightforward texts and subjects of personal interest, read through simple factual texts in magazines and newspapers, and read simple versions in novels and stories.
  3. Speaking: Students will be able to start a conversation on topics that are familiar, describe incidents, express their feelings, give prepared presentations, give practical instructions on how to do something and express their opinions on abstract topics.
  4. Writing: students will be able to write about a variety of familiar subjects well enough for others to follow their story or argument, and write a detailed description of an experience, dream and imaginary event including feelings and reactions
Reading List
All resources of the course are in-house materials and are available on Learn.

Further Reading:

Hans Wehr, A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic (ed. J. M. Cowan)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills A. Research and Enquiry: Students will be able to use the basic Arabic they have learned in research projects, and seek out opportunities in the Arab world and in communication with Arabic speakers.
B. Personal and Intellectual Autonomy: Students will be able to read the Arabic script, and understand and independently evaluate texts, sources, and speech in the language.
C. Communication: Students will develop communication skills in Spoken and Standard (written) Arabic, and enhance their understanding of and engagement with the Middle East and Arabic-speaking communities.
D. Personal effectiveness: Students will learn to function independently in basic Arabic, influence positively through communicating with others in Arabic, and adapt to new situations where Arabic is spoken.
Additional Class Delivery Information Plus tutorials
KeywordsIMES Arabic2VS2,Spoken Arabic,Modern Standard Arabic,Integrated Approach,Grammar,Reading,Writin
Course organiserMrs Marwa Mouazen
Tel: (0131 6)50 4176
Course secretaryMrs Anne Budo
Tel: (0131 6)50 4161
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